Happy National Lipstick Day everyone! I decided to do a count of all my lipsticks today and it looks like I have 54.. oops. I hope you all knew about the fact that MAC was giving away free full-sized lipsticks today (at least in Canada and USA and some other countries). Instead of sleeping in today, I woke up at 7 am to get ready to be at the mall for 9 am. The mall opened at 10, so I thought I might be the first person there to line up, but nope, there were already people waiting! Luckily I was 8th in line so I was content with that. After an hour of waiting for the mall to open, I was in and out within 5 minutes. I picked up the shade Velvet Teddy which is a cult classic shade that everyone always raves about. Before this, I only owned one MAC lipstick, Chatterbox which has the “amplified” finish, so I was excited to try out their matte formula. Here’s hoping it doesn’t dry the sh*t out of my lips!
Because it is National Lipstick Day, I wanted to take this chance to review a couple of L’Oreal lipsticks. I read earlier this week on Influenster that in honour of National Lipstick Day, L’Oreal was launching a new campaign called #READMYLIPS to help start the conversation that lips are not just for lipstick, they are for being bold and sharing your opinions and beliefs. This is obviously a positive campaign, since it is directed at portraying women as more than just aesthetic objects. We have a mind, and we should speak it at all times, regardless of what social constructs surround us.
I had never tried the Color Riche lipsticks from L’Oreal, so I picked up two colours: Shades 417 Peach Fuzz and 288 Intense Fuchsia. Here are the claims from the L’Oreal website:
“Indulge in desirable richness with our luxuriously rich colour and intense hydration. Colour Riche® Lipcolour is richer, creamier and more moisturizing than ever before. In addition to nourishing ingredients like Omega 3 and Vitamin E, the formula is enriched with Argan Oil to condition and soften lips. Your lips are kept soft, smooth, and ultra-hydrated. With a spectrum of 44 gorgeous shades from bold to nearly nude, there is always a shade to suit your mood or time of day. More than a lipstick, it’s Colour Riche. Make your colour statement.”
For the first day of wear I decided to go with Peach Fuzz. I actually own a colour that is similar to this one that is by Covergirl, however I have found that it is maybe a bit too shiny, so I haven’t worn it a whole lot. In the swatches here you can see that the L’Oreal one is more of a true peach.
L’Oreal Color Riche No 417 Peach Fuzz: I was pleasantly surprised by this lipstick! It was very emollient and stayed that way for hours after application. It was a bit on the shiny side, but it was the perfect level of shiny, not too metallic. It wasn’t incredibly pigmented, but I don’t believe that this lipstick is meant to be a strong pop of colour. It is more supposed to give you a peach sheen. I would say that Peach Fuzz is the perfect colour for the summer. The only slight downside that I noticed with this lipstick was that it did tend to collect in the lines of my lips overtime, however it wasn’t too terribly noticeable. Overall, this was a really comfortable lipstick to wear, and I do believe that it was hydrating.
Today for National Lipstick Day I wanted to go with a bold colour, which is why I purposely bought the shade 288 Intense Fuchsia earlier this week.
L’Oreal Color Riche No 288 Intense Fuchsia: This is definitely the colour that I was the most impressed with. It was extremely pigmented and really only required one layer for full coverage. It was less emollient, but not in a bad way, and was thinner. It was easy to apply, didn’t tug at the lips and it had incredible lasting power. After eating and drinking all morning, I noticed barely any fading, and when it does fade, it fades evenly. I would say the finish on this lipstick is satin/matte, which speaks to its lasting power. I will definitely be wearing this lipstick over and over again!
Overall, I am very happy with these two lipsticks. I think it is great that L’Oreal has launched this #READMYLIPS campaign and I am happy to support them in that.
Do you own any of these lipsticks? They are incredibly affordable, so you might want to give one a try. The only thing to be aware of is that L’Oreal is not cruelty free, so that is one downside to supporting this company.
Happy National Lipstick Day!